Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Curtains! Yippee!!

Sorry it's taken me so long to write loves! But I'm back! Are you ready for some curtain magic? (I am totally addicted to curtains now...don't tell the hubby pants) ;) I mentioned in this post that Blake and I put up some curtains in our office and how super pumped we are at how much more put together it looks in there! So here's how we went from this:

To This!
(Again, disregard the white balance terribleness)
It was a pretty straight forward process...
I wanted to hang the curtains as high and wide as possible to make the ceilings look super high and awesome (a trick from my friends at Young House Love) without making it look weird, so we decided to go half way up (between the top of the window and the ceiling), but we could only go as wide as the right side would allow (notice the close proximity between the right side of the window and the right wall). So I measured away and then Blake did the drilling! We decided to go with this curtain rod: 
We went with silver because I just love dark blue and silver next to each other. Also, we didn't feel that white would fit in well with the rest of our office decor (or at least it wouldn't if we ever get some). We got this baby at Wally World with a gift card (aka free to us! yay!!) So Blake went to hanging:
We thought that by going straight up from the sides of the window we would stay with a stud all the way. Too bad that wasn't the case so Blake had to get the little sheetrock anchors out and go hammering away. But no worries! After like 15 minutes, the curtain rod was hung by the window with care in hopes that our curtains would look fantastic there (oh yeah...Christmas reference!)
Unfortunately, even though we hung the curtains 13 inches higher than the window, the curtains were still too long (we almost made it though!). See what I mean?
So I grabbed the iron-on hem tape that came with the curtains (Ikea just thinks of everything don't they!) which looked a lot like cheese cloth to me...but I went to ironing (and I ended up ironing the curtains fully which took forever but was totally worth it) By the way, if you have the same iron as me, it turns itself off after a certain amount of time sitting upright. I found that out after going over the iron on tape like fifty times and the curtain being barely warm and Blake saying, that blinking light means it has turned itself off. Me: Ohhhhh...well that's lame...**turns iron completely horizontal**.....there we go! :)
And then we had our finished product!
Not to shabby if I don't say so myself! Especially for a girl who can't sew hardly at all (I sewed a strap back onto a dress I have, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to sew it again...sigh). And! The instructions for the hem tape said it was still washable and if if happened to come off in the wash, I can just iron it back on! How cool! I am thoroughly impressed! :)
Have you guys worked with iron-on hem tape before? Had any complaints? Or are you as thrilled as I am right about now?

1 comment:

  1. I had your blog bookmarked, so I decided to check it out this morning and I looove those curtains! I would totally try that myself, but with the crown molding throughout the house, I don't think it would really look right for us. :(! Good job though!